Miswak A Forgotten Sunnah

Virtues of Miswak

Usage of Miswak
The use of Miswak is a means of purifying the mouth and is pleasing to Allah (The Exalted). 

Sunnah of All The Prophet’s (upon them all be peace)

The Miswak is a stick by which a person cleans the mouth. This is a great Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). It is also a Sunnah of all the Messengers of Allah (upon them all be peace), for they used the Miswak. 

Abu Ayyub Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that four things are the Sunnahs of all the prophets (upon them all be peace) 1) Circumcision, 2) To apply fragrance (Itr), 3) To use Miswak, 4) Marriage. 

Seventy Extra Rewards For One Salaah

‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) has reported that,

“The prayer before which the Miswak is used is seventy times more excellent than that before which it is not used.”

Ibn Abbas, ‘Ali and Ata (may Allah be pleased with them all) state that, 

“But it increases to 99 or 400 times.”

This reward is based on sincerity, the more sincerity you have the more reward you get, it may be that you can get 70, 99 or even 400. Subhanallah! 

Many Other Benefits

Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) states that, 

“Make Miswak a must do not be headless as there are twenty four benefits in Miswak, the greatest benefit is that Allah (swt), becomes pleased, there is increase in wealth, it freshens the breath, it strengthens the gums, it relieves headaches, it relieves toothache and due to the light from the face and teeth the angles shake hands.”

Ali, Ata and ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be please with them all) state that Miswak strengthens a person’s memory, cures headaches, relieves the veins in the head, it gets rid of phlegm, strengthens the eye sight, keeps the liver healthy and helps digest food, increases intelligence, helps increase in family, lineage stays healthy in an old age, strengthens the stomach, purifies the heart, when exiting the Mosque the angles walk behind the person, the Prophets’ make supplication of forgiveness for the person, the Shaytan is displeased, the difficulties of death become easy and one remembers the Shahadah, when the angel of death comes to take the soul he will come as one of your friends and in some narrations it states he comes in the form when he takes the soul of a Prophet, you will get the book of deeds in the right hand, cross the bridge of Pul-Sirat with the speed of lightening, peace in the grave, if a person forgets to use the Miswak who has a habit will still be rewarded, and the doors of paradise are opened for that person. 
‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) states that,

“The Miswak increases the memory and rids phlegm.”

The doctors say that the reasons for spots in the mouth are due to heat and acid from the liver and bacteria that is created in the mouth. One should use a Miswak as the saliva that is created from using the Miswak rids the illnesses.

On Awakening

‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, 

“Never woke from sleeping at any time of the day or night without cleaning his teeth with a Miswak before performing ablution.”
To perform Miswak after sleeping when one awakes is a Sunnah. Whilst asleep the bad odours from the stomach comes towards the mouth which is why the mouth smells. With the blessings of this Sunnah the mouth will be cleansed.


On Entering The House

When the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), intended to recite the Qur’an or sleep, he would use a Miswak. He did the same when entering the house. ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that,

“The first thing that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) did on entering the house, was Miswak.”

Part of Ablution
Hassan bin ‘Atiyya (may Allah be pleased with him) states that, 

“Ablution is part of faith and using a Miswak is part of ablution.”


The Emphasis 

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), said that, 

“If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Miswak for every prayer.”


Importance of Miswak

Allama Sha’rani (may Allah have Mercy upon him) states that, 

‘Once Abu Bakr Shibli (d.334 A.H.) (may Allah have Mercy upon him) was in need of a Miswak at the time of wudhu, he looked for one but could not find one. He spent a Dinar and bought one and used it, people said, ‘You have over spent, can you buy a Miswak this expensive?’ Abu Bakr Shibli (may Allah have Mercy upon him) replied, ‘This world and all its contents in front of Allah (The Exalted) is not even compared to a mosquito, what answer will I give on the Day of Judgement when Allah (The Exalted) asks me, “Why did you leave the Sunnah of my beloved? The wealth that I gave you which (in front of me) is not equivalent to a mosquito, you did not spend it for this Sunnah?””

Miswak a Great Sunnah
‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that, 

“He passed away in my house, on my day, between my chest and throat. And at death Allah (The Exalted) joined my saliva to his. For when my brother ‘Abd al-Rahman entered carrying a Miswak in his hand, he (the Prophet) began to look at it, and I knew that it pleased him, so I said; “Shall I bring it to you?” Yes, he nodded, so I handed it to him. He put it into his mouth, but it was too hard for him. “Shall I soften it for you?” I asked. Yes, he nodded, so I made it soft. And by him there lay a leather vessel containing water into which he started dipping his hand, saying, “No deity is there except Allah! (The Exalted) truly death has agonies!” then he lifted up his hand and said, “The Highest Companion! The Highest Companion!” and I said, “So by Allah! (The Exalted) he will not prefer us.”” ‘Inna Lil-La-hi Wa-inna Ilay-hi Ra-Jioon.’

Even on the death bed the Miswak was a beloved Sunnah of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), because it pleases Allah (The Exalted). Let us grasp hold fast to this Sunnah, we brush our teeth anyway, why not use the Miswak too as you can carry the Miswak with you as there is no need for paste, as the Miswak comes form a tree which has natural benefits and you can use it whenever you want, after eating, before entering the house, etc.

Cure For Illness

‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) states that,

“There is a cure for every illness in Miswak besides death.”

Allama Amjad ‘Ali writes in Bahar-e-Shariat that, “The scholars state whosoever has a habit of using the Miswak, then at the time of death they will (be blessed with the) reciting of the Shahadah”

How to hold the Miswak

According to ‘Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him) hold the Miswak in the right hand so that the small finger is below the Miswak and the thumb is below the tip and the other fingers are on top of the Miswak. Do not hold it in the fist as there is a chance of illness. 

Shaykh Ahmad Raza Khan writes; “To keep the teeth healthy, a deed has been practised by the scholars, that is in the first cycle of the Witr prayer recites Surah Nasr , in the second Surah Lahab and in the third Surah Ikhlas .” 

Manners of Miswak

1. The Miswak should not be too hard nor too soft. 
2. It be from trees such as Zaytoon, Peelu or Neem and not from a fragrant tree. 
3. Rub the Miswak on the gums at least three times and dip it in water each time. 
4. If the finger is to be used instead of the Miswak, then the upper and lower jaws on the right side are cleaned with the thumb and the left side is cleaned similarly with the index finger. 
5. Put the Miswak upright when not in use. 
6. There is a chance of becoming insane if placed on the floor. 
7. The Miswak should be no thicker than the little finger and longer than the hand span as the devil sits on the end if longer. It is not a problem if less than a hand span but not too short that it is difficult to use.
8. Imam Shafi said, ‘cleansing the teeth increases wisdom’. 
9. Use the right hand to perform the Miswak. 
10. Clean at least three times. 
11. Do not perform the Miswak in a up/down motion but use it from right to left as there is a chance of damaging the gums. 
12. It is disliked to use the Miswak in the toilet. 
13. Do not use it whilst lying down as there is a chance of bad temper. 
14. To perform Miswak in wudhu is an emphasized Sunnah (Sunnat-e-Muakeda). 
15. Miswak is Sunnah for ablution and not for Salaah. 
16. Do not throw away the Miswak or the bristles away but bury them. 
17. Use the Miswak from one end and not both. 
18. Women can also use the Miswak. 
19. One who uses the Miswak gets five rewards for each tooth. 
20. The companions would keep the Miswak on their ears even at the time of journey.
21. Cut the bristles (tip) of the Miswak every 1-2 days and start fresh by biting to make it soft.
22. It is permissible to use Miswak whilst fasting. However, it is not permissible to use a flavoured Miswak nor is it permissible to use toothpaste, when the taste enters the throat breaking the fast and it is wajib (necessary) to be made up. However, if it does not go down the throat it is Makrooh (disliked), but one should abstain if there is no need to do so. 
23. It is Sunnah to use a Miswak on the day of Jumu’ah. 
24. According to a hadith, the use of Miswak will gain a person the reward equivalent to the number of new Muslims that revert until the day of judgement. 
25. To use the Miswak after eating, one will gain the reward of freeing two slaves. 


Other times when the usage of Miswak is Sunnah

1. For the recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
2. For the recitation of Hadith.
3. When the mouth emits bad odour.
4. For teaching or learning the virtues of Islam.
5. For making remembrance of Allah (The Exalted).
6. Before intercourse.
7. After entering one’s home.
8. Before entering any good gathering.
9. When experiencing pangs of hunger or thirst.
10. After the time of Suhoor. 
11. Before meals.
12. Before and after a journey.
13. Before and after sleeping.

May Allah (The Exalted) give us the ability to practise this beautiful Sunnah with sincerity, Ameen

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Cannot logon to Windows XP without activation beyond 30 days

Well, guys this is the most common, issue faced with system administrators who forgot to activate XP within 30 days of its installation.

In my case, the issue was P2V of Windows XP physical machine and due to drastic hardware architecture changes, Windows XP loses its activation and requires re-activation.
See my previous blog post

With the instructions i was successfully able to first configure network settings and then activated the OS.
Here is the brief step by step instructions:

  • Turn on your computer and login to your account. You get a message telling you that you need to activate your product, Click Yes and the Activate Windows screen will load.
  • Now press the windows key + U and Microsoft Narrator should pop up. Click OK for the little disclaimer Narrator gives you and behind it will be the Narrator option screen. In the top left of the Narrator option screen, you’ll see a little computer icon, click it and a drop-down menu will appear.
  • Click on About Narrator. On the next pop-up, click the link Microsoft Web site. You now have access to Internet Explorer!!! Whether you have an internet connection at the time or not, it doesn’t matter, we aren’t actually trying to get online.

Now we are going to access your desktop and Start bar. In the address bar, type: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe and press enter.

VOILA! You have access to your entire computer just like you normally would! Don’t close Narrator though, because windows tends to realize what you’re doing and reset back to the Activation screen. It’s not bullet-proof, sometimes my computer will reset back to the activation screen, but you can just do the same thing again as many times as you want!

Thanks to this internet article

XVA won’t start after successful import

I converted a physical machine (Windows XP) successfully & imported to my XenServer with XenConvert. The import appears to be successful. However, when I start the machine, all I get is a black console screen with the following info:

Citrix XenServer
http://www.citrix.com
cirrus-compatible VGA is detected

Processor 1: Xen(R) Virtual CPU
XS Virtual IDE Controller Hard Drive (73GB)
XS Virtual ATAPI-4 CD-Rom/DVD-Rom

Boot device: Hard Drive – success.

Some licensed legacy application was running on this machine and we needed to eliminate any physical PC in Datacenter.
Else there was no need to import XP rather would have built new one.
Well after repeated reboot no success with the VM, searching the forum someone suggested to fix boot sector with Windows XP repair disk.
The iso of existing XP-SP3 didn’t offer repair screen since the original install didn’t match the iso file.

SystemRescueCd-x86-2.5.1 iso came handy, booted from this gentoo based linux distro and fixed the boot sector with “ntfsfix”.
Disconnected the iso and voila the VM booted successfully.

So far only the vm booted successfully, but any geek would guess that due to HAL changes between the physical and virtual, XP ends up in re-activation process.
Without network the VM cannot connect to internet.. how will i fix this.
look out for next blog post… 🙂

Why Linux always show high memory?

Have you ever wondered seeing high Linux memory utilization? Even if you are not running any memory intensive applications, top, sar always report above 90% memory utilization. Its because Linux uses free memory pool for caching disk blocks, so most of the free memory is  used for filesystem cache. But it frees up dynamically if an application requires real memory. You can get actual memory by using command free.

re-blogged from source

Reading Arabic & Unicode Tweets in TweetDeck

reblogging  from awesome http://gurustop.net/blog/2009/07/19/reading-arabic-amp-unicode-tweets-in-tweetdeck/

TweetDeck supports Arabic and other complex script languages. I guess any Unicode language. It’s just not enabled by default.

A picture is worth 210 words. Here is what you need to enable it:

Yet, one thing I don’t understand is: why it’s not the default in TweetDeck ???

N.B.

If you wonder why I care so much; this is because I believe TweetDeck is the best twitter client ever.

How To Whitelist Hosts/IP Addresses In Postfix

If you are administrating a mail server and use blacklists to block spam (like in this article: How To Block Spam Before It Enters The Server (Postfix)), you probably know this problem: from time to time your customers complain that they cannot receive emails from certain freemailers. Most often this happens because a freemailer was abused to send out spam and therefore got blacklisted. This short guide shows how you can whitelist such a mail server in Postfix to make your customers happy again.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

If a blacklisted server tries to send mail to your server, you should find something like this in your mail log:

SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<bla@example.com>: host mail.example.com [4.3.2.1]: 554 5.7.1 Service unavailable; Client host [1.2.3.4] blocked using dnsbl.sorbs.net; Currently Sending Spam See: http://www.sorbs.net/lookup.shtml?1.2.3.4

In this example, the mail server 1.2.3.4 is blacklisted and therefore blocked.

To whitelist that server, create the file /etc/postfix/rbl_override where you list all IP addresses or host names (one per line!) that you want to whitelist:

vi /etc/postfix/rbl_override

1.2.3.4 OK
1.2.3.5 OK
mail.freemailer.tld OK

After you’ve created/modified that file, you must run

postmap /etc/postfix/rbl_override

Next open /etc/postfix/main.cf and search for the smtpd_recipient_restrictions parameter. Add check_client_access hash:/etc/postfix/rbl_override to that parameter, after reject_unauth_destination, but before the first blacklist.

So if smtpd_recipient_restrictions looks like this now…

vi /etc/postfix/main.cf

[...] smtpd_recipient_restrictions = reject_invalid_hostname,<br />                               reject_unauth_pipelining,                               permit_mynetworks,                               permit_sasl_authenticated,                               reject_unauth_destination,                               reject_rbl_client multi.uribl.com,                               reject_rbl_client dsn.rfc-ignorant.org,                               reject_rbl_client dul.dnsbl.sorbs.net,                               reject_rbl_client list.dsbl.org,                               reject_rbl_client sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org,                               reject_rbl_client bl.spamcop.net,                               reject_rbl_client dnsbl.sorbs.net,                               reject_rbl_client cbl.abuseat.org,                               reject_rbl_client ix.dnsbl.manitu.net,                               reject_rbl_client combined.rbl.msrbl.net,                               reject_rbl_client rabl.nuclearelephant.com,                               permit [...]

… modify it so that it looks as follows:

[...] smtpd_recipient_restrictions = reject_invalid_hostname,                               reject_unauth_pipelining,                               permit_mynetworks,                               permit_sasl_authenticated,                               reject_unauth_destination,                               check_client_access hash:/etc/postfix/rbl_override,                               reject_rbl_client multi.uribl.com,                               reject_rbl_client dsn.rfc-ignorant.org,                               reject_rbl_client dul.dnsbl.sorbs.net,                               reject_rbl_client list.dsbl.org,                               reject_rbl_client sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org,                               reject_rbl_client bl.spamcop.net,                               reject_rbl_client dnsbl.sorbs.net,                               reject_rbl_client cbl.abuseat.org,                               reject_rbl_client ix.dnsbl.manitu.net,                               reject_rbl_client combined.rbl.msrbl.net,                               reject_rbl_client rabl.nuclearelephant.com,                               permit <br />[...]

That’s it! Restart Postfix, and you’re done:

/etc/init.d/postfix restart

source: http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-whitelist-hosts-ip-addresses-in-postfix